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Hurricanes: What’s happening and why? What are the health ramifications?

It’s hurricane season. Hurricane Harvey and the rain that followed dumped 33 trillion gallons of water on the southern United States. Now, Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, has devastated the Caribbean and is poised to hit Florida, with the potential of causing further catastrophic damage. What’s happening? Is climate change partly to blame? Should we be better prepared? What public health concerns are there? And how long will it take to rebuild — and at what cost? This post is intended to provide information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you better understand these issues.
University of Virginia Rotunda, the site where members of the Alt-Right led a torch march on Friday, August 11.

Charlottesville

A tragedy occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, as a white nationalist terrorist drove through a group of protestors convened to counter-protest a scheduled rally of white nationalists who were protesting the removal of war memorials honoring the Confederate side of the Civil War. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding of the events.
Image credit: Pills by David Kessler.

Resources for understanding the opioid crisis

On August 10, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. Many underlying factors have led to the rapid increase in opioid-related deaths and to the related federal initiatives to combat the crisis. This post provides information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you understand the opioid crisis.
Director Robert S. Mueller III

Resources for understanding the role of a Special Counsel

The past week has seen a swirl of high profile news stories about all of the different investigations looking into the role Russia played in the 2016 Presidential Election and claims of collusion that have been leveled at the Trump Campaign. Rumors were also recently reported that President Trump was considering firing Special Prosecutor Mueller. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding.
Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality vs Internet Freedom

Net Neutrality is the topic of this installment of the University Libraries' "A Matter of Facts." On July 12, we saw a huge online protest from hundreds of technology companies against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to change regulations around internet service. The FCC is currently accepting comments on topic, through Monday, July 17. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding of internet regulation.
U.S. Capitol with ambulances in the foreground.

Primer: Health care reform

The Senate Republican leadership recently released a draft of a proposed health care reform bill. It has generated a lot of discussion and analysis in the media and pundits are prognosticating a vote soon. The bill would repeal and replace the existing Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. This post will help you navigate the flow of information and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources and provide you with links to publicly available information to guide your understanding of the law and its ramifications.
Alicia Kubas

Resources for understanding the Paris Climate Accord

President Trump revealed his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, or Paris Agreement, on June 1, 2017. The agreement strives to reduce climate change among nations and was put into place by President Obama in 2015 as an executive act. If you have questions about what this decision means in practice or where you can go for additional information, we can help you by providing additional information and links to online resources.